20 Best Visual Design Podcasts of 2021

3 years ago

Are you wanting to learn more about visual design ? Well you’ve come to the right place. This is a curated list of the best visual design podcasts of 2021.

We have selected these podcasts for a variety of reasons, but they are all well worth a listen. We tried to select a variety of podcasts across the spectrum from hosts with a wide breadth of experience.

We are always keen to hear your feedback, if we have missed a podcast, tweet us @MagazineWelp and we will check it out!

Best Visual Design Podcasts 2021

With thanks to ListenNotes, Crunchbase, SemRush and Ahrefs for providing the data to create and rank these podcasts.

Lean Into Art

  • Publisher: Jerzy Drozd and Rob Stenzinger
  • Total Episodes: 100

The Lean Into Art Cast serves visual and interactive storytellers with topics and coversation that explores design thinking, creative communication, visual arts, comics, illustration, creative coding, and more.

The Visual Storytelling Podcast

  • Publisher: Chris Oatley
  • Total Episodes: 83

Disney Artist Chris Oatley helps you become a professional Visual Storyteller with Tutorials and Expert Interviews on Concept Art, Animation Visual Development, Character Design, Storyboarding, Comics, Illustration, Children’s Books and Screenwriting.

Masters of Motion

  • Publisher: Masters of Motion
  • Total Episodes: 28

Masters of Motion is a podcast, website and social media channel, that provides the world with a insight into the Australian and New Zealand Animation industry. Comprising of a podcast and online gallery featuring outstanding motion design, animation and visual effects work. Our mission is to celebrate Australia’s motion artists and to Inspire the next generation of motion designers, animators, visual effects and 3-D artists.

The eLearning Coach Podcast

  • Publisher: Connie Malamed: Learning Experience Consultant, International Speaker
  • Total Episodes: 68

Connie Malamed from The eLearning Coach site shares fresh ideas and actionable tips for success with creating online and mobile learning experiences. Listen to interviews with expert designers, developers, authors and professors who provide strategies for both learning architects and educators. If you have a passion for instructional design, cognitive psychology, visual communication, social media learning, mLearning, and related topics, this podcast is for you.

Notes on Your Notes

  • Publisher: Joshua and Adam
  • Total Episodes: 333

How do you learn to value your own creative process in a world so focused on results? Join writer Adam Lesser and director Joshua Townshend as we delve deep into the creative process across the storytelling spectrum–screenwriting, fiction, acting, directing, visual arts, sound design. We offer up tools, inspiration and insights that will transform your creative process.


  • Publisher: I LIKE NETWORKING
  • Total Episodes: 32

I LIKE NETWORKING is the podcast inspired by our flagship networking program for women and non-binary people in the creative industries. Join us for conversations with inspiring experts from design, fashion, visual arts, theatre and beyond on how they designed their careers and how you can to. Expect candid conversations on diversity & inclusion, failure, job interviews and much more. For more information, visit ilikenetworking.uk

I’d Rather Be Writing Podcast

  • Publisher: Tom Johnson
  • Total Episodes: 303

A technical writing podcast about the latest trends and practices in the field of technical communication. Technical communication includes topics like technical writing (software help), information architecture, usability, API documentation, information design, web design, illustration, DITA, structured authoring, visual communication, and more. If you’re a technical writer or interested in technical writing, this is the one of few podcasts in this niche. I also have a blog at https://idratherbewriting.com where the podcasts and other blog topics are published.

The Sunrise Brand Collective Podcast

  • Publisher: Nathalie Amlani and Erin Dean Williams
  • Total Episodes: 40

The Sunrise Brand Collective Podcast is a show for entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners all about mindset growth and brand strategies helping you increase your revenue and stand out in a busy online space. We will be setting your business up for success and sustainability and giving you the tools you need to give your brand a boost. The Sunrise Brand Boost Podcasts will teach you how to build a loyal brand following, show up with strong visual storytelling, create that winning growth mindset, design a website that converts and so much more.

The Film Look Podcast

  • Publisher: @TheFilmLook
  • Total Episodes: 122

3 British Filmmakers try to learn from the pros by breaking down the elements that go into making a film. A light-hearted educational filmmaking podcast hosted by Richard Scott, Robert Carr, and Kristian Foreman. Each week they take it in turns to choose a film and dissect its filmmaking properties; delving into writing, directing, cinematography, art direction, special/visual effects, editing, sound design, and soundtrack. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/the-film-look/support

Welcome to West Vault Radio

Vault 97 is a fan podcast set in Bethesda’s post-apocalyptic, atom-age inspired universe of Fallout. The eponymous Vault 97 is a large, underground complex with two interesting details: the first is that it is a fully featured music studio and radio broadcast centre with the latest technology, and two, it has been filled with musicians, personalities and any other remaining ex-pats and civilians from Great Britain (along with those that could fake a convincing enough accent to get in). Susan, the only remaining human member of staff, proudly and diligently hosts the entirety of station under the long-running banner of WVR, West Vault Radio, with her team of robots and automated programming subroutines. Why is Susan the only remaining Human? How does she survive through the loneliness and depression of being underground? How are the tea reserves still plentiful? Find out all this and more from WVR, broadcasting today for a brighter tomorrow! Vault 97 written and performed by Laura Manwell. Music/Sound design, visual design and narration by Luke Highet.


  • Publisher: Enrico
  • Total Episodes: 26

A podcast about the creatives who shape the aesthetics of music. We chat to the minds behind the record sleeves, videos, photoshoots and stylings of the freshest new sounds, exploring how contemporary culture, fashion, illustration and design reflect and enhance the musical experience. SYNESTHESIA brings to the foreground the artists behind the artists, acknowledging the essential role they play in defining a musician’s visual identity.

The Draw Pod

  • Publisher: Elyse Andrews
  • Total Episodes: 43

I’m Elyse Andrews, a graphic designer, illustrator and content creator from Austin, Texas. The Draw Pod is a visual podcast that documents my postgrad journey towards a creative career. I upload every Saturday and discuss art, design, illustration, watercolor, gouache, drawing, maximalism, productivity, reading, and more. You can find the videos on my YouTube channel- Elyse Andrews. Thanks for listening!

Breakfast with Sis

  • Publisher: Alli Koch and Tony Bridwell
  • Total Episodes: 180

Welcome to “Breakfast With Sis”, the breakfast musings of a daddy daughter breakfast tradition. Alli Koch, Aka, SIs, is a successful entrepreneur and author having started AlliKdesign, a visual design company right out of college. Dad, Tony Bridwell, is an author, speaker, executive coach, and SVP, Chief People Officer at RYAN LLC. Together the two have had a standing Saturday breakfast date since Alli was 13. Over the years the two have discussed most every life skill required to thrive in today’s world. Listen in as they continue the conversation from their favorite breakfast spot, Chick-Fil-a, and share their insights on life along with insights from the occasional breakfast guest. So grab some sweet tea…here we go.

Data Viz Today

  • Publisher: Alli Torban
  • Total Episodes: 70

You want to create effective data visualizations. That’s hard work. There are so many decisions to make, like chart type, annotations, and color! Will this podcast help? Host and fellow data viz designer Alli Torban is in the trenches with you. She shares the latest tools and methods that she’s discovered while on the job and interviewing top designers. If you’re an analyst, journalist, or designer who wants to hone your skills with specific tactics, then this show could be just what you need.

Design is Everywhere

  • Publisher: Design Museum Everywhere
  • Total Episodes: 59

Design is Everywhere features stories of people and organizations using design to make an impact and change the world. Hosts Sam Aquillano discusses topics with guests across the Design Museum’s 12 Impact Areas: Vibrant Cities, Healthcare, Social Impact, Workplace Innovation, Play, Sustainability, Education, Data Visualization, Entrepreneurship, Diversity, Business, and Civic Innovation.

Explore Explain

  • Publisher: Andy Kirk
  • Total Episodes: 20

Explore Explain is a long-form data visualisation podcast and video series hosted by Andy Kirk. Each episode is based on a conversation with a visual designer or developer to explore the design story behind a single visualisation, or series of related works. This provides an opportunity to explain their design process, to share insight on the myriad little decisions that underpin the finished works. It also shines a light on the contextual circumstances that shaped their thinking. Audiences will gain an appreciation of the what, the why and the how, learning about the hidden problems and challenges, the breakthroughs and the eureka moments, the pressures and frustrations, the things that were done and the things that were not done, as well as the successes and the failures. Each season comprises nine episodes and will cover a diverse cast of talented practitioners from across the field and around the world, showcasing a variety of different types of visualisation work. Every episode is published as an audio interview as well as an enhanced video conversation, accompanied by detailed visuals. Visit the Youtube channel to watch the recordings. For latest updates about new episodes and future schedules, follow the Explore Explain twitter feed. Explore Explain is a Bethany Andrew production.

The FoxShow

The latest news, reviews and insight into Visual FoxPro, database design, software development and the technology world from Andrew MacNeill.

Behind The Screen

  • Publisher: The Hollywood Reporter
  • Total Episodes: 66

In this podcast series, Carolyn Giardina, Tech Editor for The Hollywood Reporter, extends her coverage of the filmmaking crafts. She will be talking with the cinematographers, editors, production designers, composers, visual effects supervisors, and other leading artists that bring the magic of motion pictures to theaters. Subscribe now to receive episodes of this inspired new series that shines a light on the artists that spend most of their time behind the screen. Hosted by: Carolyn Giardina Produced by: Matthew Whitehurst

The Honest Field Guide®

  • Publisher: The Honest Field Guide
  • Total Episodes: 53

The Honest Field Guide presents intimate conversations with non-celebrity businesses, entrepreneurs + start ups, just like us, that are in an epic battle to learn how to keep up with the pace of change. The podcast is produced by Birk Creative: Designing visual identities and multichannel strategies to help brands, entrepreneurs and small businesses grow, scale and keep up with the pace of change. Theme song “Sam’s Ranch” provided courtesy Utah Carol (ASCAP). All content ©Birkdesign Inc. This podcast represents the views and opinions of JinJa Birkenbeuel, Birk Creative and its employees. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/the-honest-field-guide/support

Virtual Production

  • Publisher: Noah Kadner
  • Total Episodes: 8

Meet the filmmakers behind The Mandalorian, The Avengers, The Lion King, The Jungle Book, and more. Host Noah Kadner wrote The Virtual Production Field Guide for Epic Games and is a contributor to American Cinematographer magazine. Topics include remote collaboration, visualization, real-time game engines, in-camera compositing, and LED wall cinematography. Hear how movies and TV shows used virtual production techniques from directors, cinematographers, visual effects supervisors, production designers, and others. The Virtual Production Podcast is a co-production of The Virtual Company and AbelCine. Discover how the industry is pivoting.

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